10 things that could ruin your day if the government shuts down
That family trip to the Grand Canyon could be in jeopardy if Congress and the White House fail to reach a budget agreement.
April 7th, 2011
07:48 PM ET

10 things that could ruin your day if the government shuts down

The list of collateral effects of a potential government shutdown keeps growing and people are none too pleased about it. Here are just a few of the negative impacts that could arise if Congress and the White House fail to reach an agreement on the budget (click here to view in chart form):

  • The lawmakers who hold the cards will still get paid. Their staffers might be furloughed, though. That has prompted a few lawmakers to announce they'll refuse shutdown pay,but even that has elicited critiques of political posturing.
  • Roughly 800,000 federal workers won't get paid because they're considered nonessential and therefore, the first to be furloughed. That includes people who work in national parks because they'll be closed, ruining countless long family road trips. And it's not just the loss of income that hurts - for many, it's being labeled dispensable when they know their jobs are anything but nonessential.

  • As the shutdown looms, some political leaders are taking the opportunity to fundraise and rally their supporters. The executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee sent out an appeal asking for a minimum $5 donation saying the organization wants to raise $100,000 in the next 36 hours.
  • You'll still get your Social Security checks but don't expect anyone to be around to answer your questions about benefits. The people who take questions on Social Security and Medicare questions will not be at work and most government websites will shut down or have limited functionality.
  • Various agencies with the Department of Health and Human Services will operate in a patchwork fashion. The National Institutes of Health will not accept new patients or start new clinical trials. The Food and Drug Administration won't operate at full capacity but will have some inspectors on staff. As a result, all FDA inspections of food processing facilities and drug manufacturing plants will be prioritized by risk.
  • Word is getting around that a government shutdown doesn't actually save taxpayers money. For one, it will cost the government money to ensure a smooth transition to a shutdown. Then there's the lost revenue from a variety of sources, from government services to gift shops in government-run attractions such as Yosemite National Park and DC's National Gallery of Art.

How would a government shutdown anger you?

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  1. Shawn

    Well since we are paying these guys' wages, I say we do the same thing you would do to any worker that doesn't show up for work. FIRE THEM! We can have the military act as an interim government until we can elect some people that actually value their jobs in Washington. A big part of any politician's job is compromising, if they can't do that they have failed at their job.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. maury

    This f_ckers better pass this, my wife is pregnant, we live in a small apt and we are sooo close from getting a FHA loan.its not that I will die without a house, but can you imagine the anger on this woman if we don't get it?? I'm so afraid..I see myself already dealing with an angry pregnant woman without a house..not good.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mrs S

      Well they sure ought to pass something, but perhaps starting out by voting on something that has been already promised to be promptly shot down isn't the best first step?

      This has to be a compromise. There are plenty of people who are plenty angry, but you're having kids and want to buy a house, right? Your kids won't have a future and your house will be worthless if the current proposed budget goes through. Plus, how nice will it really be when your neighborhood falls apart with all the elderly people going broke on a bum insurance deal (or alternately refusing to seek treatments they can't afford and just dying in their homes).....

      Big picture, dude. Kids going to college, wife getting a nice house in a nice neighborhood. Factor it all in.

      April 7, 2011 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Uncle Sam

    A government shutdown would anger me knowing that the government is still shelling out thousands of dollars every day to keep marijuana illegal, isntead of taxing and regulating it like alcohol. This alone could produce enough revenue to prevent a government shutdown. Why has this not been suggested as a solution to this problem??

    April 7, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Angie

      You know I really don't believe weed should be legalized. Everybody would be fat & have huge grocery bills. And have you ever tried driving while high?

      April 8, 2011 at 2:28 am | Report abuse |
  4. Van

    I can't believe we are back to 1995 again. If this isn't a wake up call to the American people then I clearly don't know what will trigger their anger at the polls and vote all the "old dogs" out. I am sick and tired of the partisan bickering. Don't give me this Democrat and Republican theological BS – give me some common sense and a willingness to work together. The Republican's and Democrats are dickering about items that don't amount to a hill of beans as far as the overall budget is concerned. As for the Republicans in the House not wanting to raise taxes on the rich and continue to give billions of subsidies to Big Oil – who the hell do you think is going to pay for this? Oops, I forgot – the middle class!
    I just can't wait until November 2012; there is going to be hell to pay. Republicans and Democrats both think they are taking the "high road" – give me a break.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ryan

    Shame on the republicans. Like spoiled children. They refuse to compromise because they know democrats, being generally better morally will cave in order to see the little man doesnt get too screwed over. 'Conservatives' make me sick. If this country really starts to go downhill, I mean REALLY downhill, I'd be scared to have been one of the republicans that made it happen. People will be witch hunting, in the truest sense of the term.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      You are a moron to the nth degree. If you were actually able to take an unbiased view of the world you would see that both sides are spoiled rotten by their voters. They can basically do anything and never be wrong. For example dems not showing up in Wisc, dems not letting republicans debate 2 years ago because they didn't need the gop opinion. Its two sides of the coin retard so stfu and start complaining about both sides or just continue to be a lapdog

      April 7, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • demonfeed

      He is absolutely right, the poor will NOT take the abuse much longer. Taking the food out of their mouths and the homes out from under them is going to instigate riots and radical political change. There has never been a time in history that the poor and oppressed didn't rise up against tyrants. That is how our country was founded. We had to fight our "masters" before, and we won. We can do it again.

      April 7, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vwrtb

      Uh... The dems left Wisconsin because republicans wouldn't negotiate... Get a clue Eric and stop being a hypocrite to you nth degree ...

      April 7, 2011 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. deployed

    Can we all put down our rifles here in afghanistan and come home now?

    April 7, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shawn

      I think you all should, just toss the rifles in a pile and get some plane tickets to fly back. It would be one of the greatest days in modern history!

      April 7, 2011 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • deployed

      Power in numbers right? lol Then maybe we could see who really is in control. Haliburton and KBR "no please dont go, we need you I am about to buy a yaht" The govt "if you leave your getting an article 15, no pay for the month" Me "and thats different from what?"

      April 7, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shawn

      If you guys did actually do this, you would absolutely have the support of the American people. We'll make sure you get paid. This government has failed!

      April 7, 2011 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • deployed

      Thats cool, and appreciated, but who would make sure we dont go to jail? lol

      April 7, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mike

    they should report them all to shutyourfilthyface.com !

    April 7, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. julius ceasar

    dam!! My tax return will be delayed!!!

    April 7, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. military

    Yeah, lets not pay the guys with guns....stuck in some nasty country!

    April 7, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. paul

    the democrats need t o accept the cuts and go on with buissness

    April 7, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Viki

    Sorry guys if I sound a bit pessimistic but this does not look good.
    Politicians are our own reflections people among us and represent what we have become as a society.

    What I mean is we are in a wonderland (in our heads) where solutions to tough things has to be by flipping some switch. Our kids are even worse in those aspects, for them everything is like a video game.

    In this modern world of instant gratification the politicians are able to win on sound bites and we are continuously sending idiots to Washington to do something good for us. Period.

    No good has ever come in this world in an instant, if it is too good to be true, well you know what it turns out to be..

    We need to rally our own selves towards real values for the society because ultimately if the middle class is not stronger than others will also suffer in one way or the other.
    Namely, crime, insecurity, restless, food, sanitation and everything you may have seen in so called 3rd world countries (actually they are doing much better) thanks to our half ass business and trade policies.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bazoing

      Do not believe Politicians are like us. If you were unwilling to betray everything to gain power, you could never make Congress,. They have always been like this check Plato's Republic. Likewise, I have lived in a number of countries, not simply been a tourist. Most cultures are about the same, none are really better than the US and some parts of Canada.

      April 7, 2011 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  12. deployed

    How about if we just leave all these other countries we are in, and focus on only america for once?? Call me crazy.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • The SARGE....

      I agree....Lets pull out of these countries that we are in for whatever reason and focus on America.

      April 8, 2011 at 4:12 am | Report abuse |
  13. Bazoing

    Although I despise the Obamination for the traitor he is, this is part of the Republican do nothing until you win strategy. Politicians are ruining us.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Rob

    Since when are the politicians considered "essential"? None of those idiots in Washington should get a paycheck NOR their extensive benefits. I wonder how quick they'd be to compromise if they didn't get paid.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ae91

    When will people stop blaming the party they're not apart of and realize that POINTING FINGERS DOES NOT SOLVE OUR PROBLEMS. Lets look at the facts, politicians are claiming they're making cuts that will save the country trillions over X amount of years. What I don't understand is, what is the point of making "cuts" to ANYTHING if your "savings" end up not making a difference to the national debt. What the hell are we saving up for? Certainly not to make the average American's life better. The best part is no one is asking WHAT programs are we cutting? Lets see....oh! they're taking hundreds of millions away from Pell Grants to deny the young education...that makes PERFECT sense! We'll take money away from the people who need it and are trying to make something of themselves, and not give a damn! Let's be real people, politicians claim they're saving trillions when in reality it wont make a damn difference to the national debt because WERE SPENDING BILLIONS A WEEK ON POINTLESS WARS; we're spending more than we're saving, plain and simple. Until you stop the wars, don't bother mentioning savings because in the end we're just going to spend it on bombing Libya, Afghanistan, or Iraq.

    FYI: for those who are going to say that NATO will take care of Libya, WE WRITE THE CHECKS FOR EVERYTHING THEY DO.

    It's time Americans start taking responsibility for electing these idiots and think LONG TERM. Republicans destroyed our economy from 2000-2009 and when Obama came into office people wanted him to fix nine years of damage in TWO YEARS. What happened after the economy wasn't flourishing-even though it was making progress? They put that same party that put us in the hole to begin with back in charge of the House of Representatives. Anyone with a lick of intelligence would have realized that was a bad move. Until we start thinking about the future, there won't be one for any of us.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      I find the hypocrisy in your post very enjoyable. You chastise others for "blaming the party they're not apart (sic) of", say that pointing fingers solves nothing, and then end your post RAILING against Republicans. Psst...(whisper) Your democrat is showing...nice going talking out of both sides of your face.

      April 7, 2011 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
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